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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 2017-06-22, 04:20 PM Thread Starter
 
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Cell phone booster antennae

Can anyone tell me where to get components for cell phone boosters (and good technical advice) in the Ottawa area?
I have an external antennae already installed that I used for a cellular turbo hub for about 5 years but not using it now and if possible I would like to use it for a cell phone booster if I can get compatible components for it.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 2017-06-22, 06:50 PM
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Maybe if more specifics were provided on the original service and the proposed new service, some of the more knowledgeable members here would know if the current antenna will work.

Compatibility would depend on the cellular repeater being used and the required frequency bands. There are standard connectors but it's possible a different connector is being used. It may be possible to obtain an adapter to match connections. If not, it may be possible to replace the connector currently on the cable. With new bands in service it may be necessary to replace the antenna since a frequency mismatch might cause transmission or reception issues. Replacing the antenna is probably a good idea anyway unless it is very difficult to do or the existing one is known to service the required bands.

There are lots of cellular repeaters available but a big consideration would be the band coverage of the particular make or model. I would lean toward a more recent, non-proprietary model that covers as many Canadian bands as possible, including the bands required for the proposed carrier.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 2017-06-23, 10:44 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for the tips. Is there a shop around the Ottawa area that you would recommend? I know you can buy antennae boosters at Best buy and the Source but if possible I would go to smaller shop to get the best advice for my situation.
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Cannot recommend an Ottawa store but a search for cellular repeater Ottawa Canada turns up a few results. The Magic Wireless site has some interesting info for Canada but I know nothing else about them. A search on Amazon turns up some more economically priced units but some research will be needed to determine their quality and suitability.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 2017-06-24, 09:18 AM
 
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If you want to go for what's generally considered the best, look at the Uniden offerings at https://unidencellular.ca/

There are a variety of options, which you'll have to ponder. You can also mix'n'match. I have what is now called the U70 (the original before they were rebranded as Uniden), but with the bigger outside antenna and two inside antennas. They work extremely well, and I highly recommend them. But they ain't cheap. Costco also sells some of these models, but you get less flexibility.

If you look closely at the pictures, you'll see the connector used. You can decide if your existing antenna is good enough, or may be the weak link in your setup if you don't swap it out. As you'd imagine, the mounting of the outside antenna is the hardest part of the installation.

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 2017-06-26, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks Brad.
The Uniden site is very helpful. Lots of self help technical info.
Cheers!
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I have a poor cell phone reception at my home. I got rid of the landline and now just have cellular but get dropped signals. So was looking for a cell phone DIY booster antenna I could build. Any suggestions?

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I used to have poor cell coverage in my home. However, I am now able to use WiFi calling, which provides an excellent signal when at home. Does your phone support that? Also, if you're using WiFi calling, you'll want to use LTE voice, as it provides seamless transfer between the cell and WiFi networks. It also provides for better call quality in general.

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